Census 2020 will Not Include a Citizenship Question

July 12, 2019
Census 2020 will Not Include a Citizenship Question

For Immediate Release                 

Contact: David Card                
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WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday afternoon, President Trump announced that the 2020 Census will not include a citizenship question, following the Supreme Court’s decision on June 27th to block the addition of the question until the Department of Commerce provided a better justification for adding the question to next year’s census form.

“Following everything that has surrounded the 2020 Census so far we must now continue our efforts to ensure a fair and accurate census count in the year ahead,” said National Disability Right’s Executive Director Curt Decker. “We know that much work remains to be done to conduct a successful census, and now everyone has the opportunity to come together and guarantee that every person living in the United States is counted and that every community is accurately represented.”

The census was mandated by Article I of the United States Constitution and aims to count every person living in the US every ten years. The data collected is used to allocate seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, draw appropriate boundaries for congressional districts, state legislative districts, school districts, and voting precincts and allocate more than $800 billion in federal-funds.

NDRN is working alongside Census Counts, a diverse, nationwide coalition, to ensure that the census is fair and accurate for everyone living in America. NDRN is committed in making sure that all communities, including the disability community, are all counted in the 2020 Census. Learn more about NDRN’s 2020 Census work here.

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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.